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Nov 17, 2002
"Spirit has a Deal" to get back to flying at least

June 16 (Reuters) - The union representing striking pilots at Spirit Airlines said on Wednesday it reached a tentative accord with the company, and the low-fare carrier said flights will resume Friday, after being grounded for six days.
Captain Sean Creed, head of the Spirit unit of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), said the union accepted a tentative agreement on Wednesday and will work with the airline to draft a return-to-work accord.
Calling it a "good compromise," Creed said: "It's more than what we had walked away from or that we'd parted ways from when we began the strike." He added the pact must be voted on by rank-and-file pilots.
The approval process will likely take at least three weeks but the union will work with the company to get the airline back to full operations as soon as possible, Creed said.
Spirit pilots walked off the job on June 12, after U.S.-mediated contract talks failed to bridge differences over pay. Spirit had canceled flights through Thursday, and the company said on its Website www.spiritair.com that "Spirit will resume flight operations on Friday." A company representative has not yet responded to an email seeking comment.
Miramar, Florida-based privately held Spirit operates more than 150 flights a day, mainly to the eastern United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. It carries less than 1 percent of U.S. air-passenger traffic.
The strike at Spirit was the first notable job action at a U.S. passenger airline since Northwest Airlines mechanics walked off the job in 2005. Northwest was acquired by Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL.N) in 2008.
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